Hello, my name is Jesse and I am OK with looking like a marshmallow this winter because being as warm as possible is more important. This is a big step for me. I’ve had the same coat for three years and while I adore the way it looks and still get compliments on it, I freeze on the walk from my car to class.
An even bigger step for me is the realization that it is OK for me to buy this coat (pictured) from the children’s department at H&M. Hear me out on this one before those judging eyes glare upon me through your computer screen.
Please note that I’m writing this post from a women’s clothing perspective, but much of it also applies to men’s clothing.
Buying from the children’s department as an adult has some benefits. For petite people the sizing can work out quite well. Also, you’ll spend less money for the same amount of fabric. Larger children’s sizes are often the same as smaller adult sizes.
This coat (size 12-13 years) hugs my torso, is the right length on me, and even has those elastic wrist cuffs that keep the cold from getting in (I forgot how awesome these are!). Note that these cuffs are inside of the sleeve, so they are not seen, only noticed and enjoyed by the wearer.
Price: $50. This is a savings of at least $30 for a similar coat in an adult size.
But please don’t forget the following: children’s clothing is made for kids, who have a different body type than adults, mainly because they have not hit puberty. This means there is less darting and also less room for things like hips and the other voluptuous parts of us. The result: the clothes will look more sack-like on our adult bodies.
With this coat, I’m OK with the fact that there is no darting. I’m going to look like a giant gray marshmallow even if I buy an adult-size coat. Although, I did find a pull-string to cinch the waist of the coat, which is at my bust line.
However, I will not buy kid-size pants, shirts, skirts, or anything that will look better if it is fitted. I would rather hem a pair of pants that fit what little tushy and hips I have. They may be small, but they make me a woman, and my clothes should emphasize that fact.
Another downside to children’s clothing is the obvious difference in style. When browsing the kids rack one will likely see more hearts, butterflies, and pink. Lots of pink.
One last thing about my coat that is somewhere between a pro and con is that it has a little sewn-in tag for a name and telephone number. This could either be for returning my lost coat to me, or returning a lost Jesse to her loved ones. Haven’t decided which info to put on it yet, but I’m pretty sure this goes on the “pros” list.
Do you ever find yourself shopping in the children’s department? Am I wrong in thinking this is acceptable? Who’s phone number do you put on your clothing tag?